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ABC (band)

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ABC were an English pop band of the 1980s.

The original band members were:

  • Martin Fry - vocals/songwriter.
  • Mark White - guitar.
  • Stephen Singleton - saxophone.
  • Mark Lickley - bass.
  • David Robinson - drums.

ABC were formed in 1980, and were initially a part of the New Romantic movement. Their first single, "Tears are Not Enough," made the top 20 in 1981, and the band had three top 10 hits during 1982, with the singles "Poison Arrow", "The Look Of Love" and "All Of My Heart." Later that year, the band released their debut album The Lexicon of Love which was a big hit reaching number one in the British album charts.

Despite their considerable success, ABC found it very difficult to follow up. Lickley and Robinson left the band before their second album, Beauty Stab, which performed poorly in comparison to its predecessor. One single, "That Was Then But This is Now," briefly appeared in the UK top 20. Stephen Singleton left the band in 1984.

Now a duo of Fry and White, augmented by two non-performing session musicians chosen for their unusual looks, ABC's chart fortunes further collapsed with the 1985 LP How to Be a Zillionaire. While the group did score its first American Top Ten hit with "Be Near Me," at home they could no longer make the top 20. They did manage a final hit in 1987 with the single "When Smokey Sings" which was a tribute to Smokey Robinson.

ABC split up in 1992, following further chart failures which did at least meet with some muted critical approval and appreciation from the band's loyal fan base. Martin Fry resurrected the band's name in 1997 for the album Skyscraping and periodically tours or performs, often in conjunction with other 1980s nostalgia or revival acts.

Discography

  • The Lexicon Of Love (1982, UK #1, US #24)
  • Beauty Stab (1983)
  • How To Be A Zillionaire (1985, UK #28, US #30)
  • Alphabet City (1987, UK #7, US #48)
  • Up (1989, UK #58)
  • Absolutely (1990) (compilation)
  • Abracadabra (1991, UK #50)
  • Skyscraping (1997, UK #97)
  • Lexicon Of Live (1999)
  • Look Of Love - Very Best Of ABC (2001)de:ABC (Band)

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